On Monday night, following a duet with Mary J. Blige on their 1983 tune “Nothing Even Matters” at the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C., Denzel Washington said “Today is my day” when thinking about the show. But his words had no effect on what would happen next.
“Denzel is the last person I expected to have a problem with [President Trump],” said SNL’s Michael Che, who was the host of the night. “I thought he’d be like ‘It’s not what he says’ or ‘I’m not gonna take that shit.’ Instead, when it comes down to it, he’s just supporting this show.”
That comment drew applause from the audience and shaking from some of the honorees, including Obama’s former chief of staff and David Letterman’s successor.
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“He’s still asleep,” added Obama and former Secretary of State John Kerry. “That’s good.”
The president wasn’t spared from Che’s roasting either.
“With [former Arkansas Gov.] Mike Huckabee who is probably thinking ‘I think this is fun, I wonder if I could get my segment,’” he began his opening monologue. “‘No, this is ‘America, Fuck Yeah!’” he said.
After Che made the comment, former first lady Michelle Obama and former First Lady Laura Bush, stood up and cheered loudly.
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Che made light of the timing of Trump’s remarks about Obama in his first tweet: “RT if you like mean people.”
Today is my day. I think a lot about Denzel Washington. pic.twitter.com/6hbNVix9YE — Mike Che (@CheMikeChe) August 22, 2017
Monday night’s show featured singers like Barry Manilow, Jennifer Holliday, Sara Bareilles, Carole King, Kool & the Gang, Patti LaBelle, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, and John Legend, and was hosted by Che.